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Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us, will be speaking to the Bristol community as part of the Bristol Public Library's 2012 Discovery Series on Thursday, August 30th at 7 p.m.


Jay Asher
August 30, 2012
Asher’s debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has spent over two years on the New York Times bestsellers list, with over 1,000,000 copies printed in the U.S. alone. It has been sold to 31 foreign markets, and is being developed into a movie by Universal Pictures starring Selena Gomez.
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Welcome Yesterday's Treasures to downtown!

August 29, 2012
Yesterday's Treasures is a family owned retail store that offers gently used furniture, home decor, knick knacks, lamps, pictures and more. I also sell new aroma tart burners and tarts. In the very near future I will be offering new fashion purses and jewelry. My business was started with the idea of offering customers quality products at very competitive prices. This has been a dream of mine for many years and feel very honored to be a part of the family on State street. Stop in and welcome Robin Tanksley to downtown, 523 State Street, Bristol VA.

Pen's Floral — SALE ON ROSES!

August 29, 2012
Pen's Floral has a sale oncolor roses (reds, pink, salmon etc) at HALF-PRICE through the remainder of this week! Pen's received a great deal sothey arepassing the savings on to our customers to say thanks for all the support during our first months of business. One dozen roses, normally $45.00, will be $22.50. Loose roses are only $1.00 each, so anyone can say "I like you", "I love you", or "Thanks" with a beautiful, fresh rose! Visit them today — 32 Moore Street Bristol, VA 24201: Phone: (276) 644-4600.

It's Festival Time in Bristol!

August 29, 2012
The schedule is up, plans are set, and The Birthplace of Country Music is in full-on festival mode! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is just weeks away and you can still purchase Weekend Passes for $40 through August 31st. We highly suggest taking advantage of the discount, the price for Weekend Passes go up to $50 September 1st and are $60 at the Gate on Friday, September 14th. Day passes can be purchased at any time and the price does not change. Friday $25, Saturday $30, Sunday $20. Save time! Print passes from home online at www.BristolRhythm.com. Your printed pass will be scanned at the Gate and exchanged for a wristband that will get you in and out of the event.
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Bristol Rhythm IBMA Nomination

August 29, 2012
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is proud to announce that the annual music festival has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. This is the first time The Reunion has been nomiated for such an honor.
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ATTN Merchants — Downtown Window Deco Contest

August 29, 2012
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Loafer will offer free advertising and cash prizes to winners of the Up Against the Wall Gallery Rockin' Stroll window decorating contest. Merchants in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA are being asked to sign-up and compete by decorating their storefronts in a music theme in celebration of Bristol Rhythm and the cities' music heritage. This year judging will take place during the festival and fans will get to vote on their favorite window for a People's Choice award. O'Mainnin's Pub & Grille are 2011's Best in Show Winners, Eatz on Moore St. and Office Machines & Supply Co. For more information contact the BRRR office at 423-573-4898.

Sign up! for the Kroger Chili Cook-Off at BRRR!!

August 29, 2012
Do you have a killer chili recipe and think you could win cash for it? Are you a fun runner or just like to participate in a nice stroll for a free t-shirt? Are you an amateur photographer who'd like to get noticed? If you answered YES to one or all of these questions, then sign up for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion's Kroger Chili Cook-Off organized by the Bristol Tennessee-Virginia Association of REALTORS, The Bristol Regional Medical Center 5k Run / 2 Mile Fun Walk co-sponsored by Appalachian Chiropractic Wellness Center and Kroger, or the Twin City Photo Club Festival Photo Contest. Entry forms and rules are available online at BristolRhythm.com, so sign up today!

Paper Windows Photographic Project — Session 5 Winners Announced


Reflections by Linda Leonard
August 29, 2012
Session 5 of the Paper Windows Photographic project description asked local photographers to think about reflections, reflections in water, in glass, or in one’s mind. Camera buffs came out for this session; almost 30 photos were entered. The judges had a very difficult task in not only naming one as a winner but even deciding on the 2nd and 3rd place contenders.
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Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce Appoints Joy Madison New President and CEO


Joy Madison
August 29, 2012
The Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce announced today that Joy Madison has been selected as the Chamber’s new President and CEO. Prior to accepting the position, Madison served as the President and CEO of the Modesto, California Chamber of Commerce.
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The Crisis Center — Jam at Machiavelli's on Wednesday August 29th to kick off Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September!

August 29, 2012
SuPA JAM is a live music benefit, a celebration of life with rockin' music, food, and drinks, and supports Suicide Prevention Awareness. NO COVER 5-8 PM: Crisis Center Celebrity Bartending (Laura, Katherine, all tips to TCC) 5-8 PM: LIVE MUSIC: Major Canty and Kristi Lawson 8-LATE: LIVE MUSIC: Impeach Dixon
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Upcoming Events

Nevermore Book Club at Bristol Public Library

July 09 - August 31, 2012

Lisa Blankenship Boardwine and Tammy Carter: 606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists

August 01 - 31, 2012

The Bristol Crisis Center is having a Supa Jam at Machiavelli's

August 29, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

August 29, 2012

The Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's

August 29, 2012

JP Parsons at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 30, 2012

Good Company at Full Moon Jam

August 30, 2012

Popular Young Adult Author of Novel Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, To Speak at the Bristol Public Library

August 30, 2012

SPANK at 620 State

August 31, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

August 31, 2012

Antique car show

August 31, 2012

Push Pop at O'Mainnin's Pub

August 31, 2012

Briana Morris and Petty Shepard: 606 State Street Gallery Featured Artists

September 01 - 30, 2012

Bristol Public Library Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature "Roots & Sprouts" Exhibit in September

September 01 - 30, 2012

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

September 01, 2012

We Killed Vegas & The State Line at 620 State

September 01, 2012

Peace Jones at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 01, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 01, 2012

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 03, 2012

Borderline at Full Moon Jam

September 04, 2012

Guido Au'Some Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 04, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 05, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 05, 2012

The Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's

September 05, 2012

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

September 06, 2012

Mark White at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 06, 2012

Hells / Bells — A Tribute to AC/DC at Full Moon Jam

September 06, 2012

Antique car show

September 07, 2012

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

September 07, 2012

Paul Burch at 620 State

September 07, 2012

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

September 08, 2012

Aaron Woody Wood at 620 State

September 08, 2012

Watercolor Painting Class by Claudia Rutherford at 606 State Street Gallery

September 08, 2012

Junior League of Bristol White Party at Foundation Event Facility

September 08, 2012

Wolf Creek at O'Mainnin's Pub

September 08, 2012

5th Annual Rhythm and Roots Photography Competition

September 08, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 08, 2012

606 State Street Gallery Presents the 606 Jam Band

September 10, 2012

Holston Mnt. Boys at Full Moon Jam

September 11, 2012

Your Business On A Mac Seminar at CityMac

September 12, 2012

State Street Farmers Market

September 12, 2012

Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

September 14 - 16, 2012

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